Our Sunday Guest, Berlin Plants, with important food for thought!   Leave a comment

Our Sunday Guest, Berlin Plants, with important food for thought!

Berlin Plants: Reading History in the Green Spaces of the City

For the occasion of Germany’s reunification, the people of Japan donated a generous number of flowering cherry trees that line both sides of the Mauerweg right below the Bösebrücke bridge. The cherry trees are in full blossom at the moment, and their presence is duly appreciated by the locals as well as the growing number of tourists who wander this far north following the path of the former Berlin Wall. Yet the ostentatious beauty of the cherry trees overshadows the presence of a more recent botanical immigrant from the East: Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)*.

Much has already been written about the edible and medicinal virtues of this plant, which also happens to be an incredibly tenacious, invasive species with powerful root systems that can cause widespread structural damage. The young shoots are typically harvested in the spring when they are less than a foot tall and can be eaten either…

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Posted May 13, 2012 by forageporage in Uncategorized

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